A Companion to Latina/o Studies
Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies 1. Aufl.
A Companion to Latina/o Studies is a collection of 40 original essays written by leading scholars in the field, dedicated to exploring the question of what 'Latino/a' is. Brings together in one volume a diverse range of original essays by established and emerging scholars in the field of Latina/o Studies Offers a timely reference to the issues, topics, and approaches to the study of US Latinos - now the largest minority population in the United States Explores the depth of creative scholarship in this field, including theories of latinisimo, immigration, political and economic perspectives, education, race/class/gender and sexuality, language, and religion Considers areas of broader concern, including history, identity, public representations, cultural expression and racialization (including African and Native American heritage).
Notes on Contributors ix Editors’ Foreword xxi Acknowledgments xxvii Part I Latinidades 1 Marks of the Chicana Corpus: An Intervention in the Universality Debate 3 Helena María Viramontes 2 The New Latin Nation: Immigration and the Hispanic Population of the United States 15 Alejandro Portes 3 “Dime con quién hablas, y te diré quién eres”: Linguistic (In)security and Latina/o Unity 25 Ana Celia Zentella 4 (Re)constructing Latinidad: The Challenge of Latina/o Studies 39 Frances R. Aparicio 5 The Name Game: Locating Latinas/os, Latins, and Latin Americans in the US Popular Music Landscape 49 Deborah Pacini Hernández 6 Cuando Dios y Usted Quiere: Latina/o Studies Between Religious Powers and Social Thought 60 David Carrasco 7 Latina/o Cultural Expressions: A View of US Society Through the Eyes of the Subaltern 77 Edna Acosta-Belén Part II Actos: Critical Practices 8 José Limón, the Devil and the Dance 93 José E. Limón 9 The Everyday Civil War: Migrant Labor, Capital, and Latina/o Studies 105 Nicholas De Genova 10 The Powers of Women’s Words: Oral Tradition and Performance Art 116 Yolanda Broyles-González 11 Language and Other Lethal Weapons: Cultural Politics and the Rites of Children as Translators of Culture 126 Antonia I. Castañeda 12 Looking for Papi: Longing and Desire Among Chicano Gay Men 138 Tomás Almaguer 13 On Becoming 151 Nelly Rosario Part III Vidas: Herstories/Histories 14 Of Heretics and Interlopers 159 Arturo Madrid 15 Coloring Class: Racial Constructions in Twentieth-Century Chicana/o Historiography 169 Vicki L. Ruiz 16 “El Louie” by José Montoya: An Appreciation 180 Raúl Villa 17 Preservation Matters: Research, Community, and the Archive 185 Chon A. Noriega 18 The Star in My Compass 194 Virginia Sánchez Korrol 19 “Y Que Pasara Con Jovenes Como Miguel Fernández?” Education, Immigration, and the Future of Latinas/os in the United States 202 Pedro A. Noguera Part IV En la lucha: Sites of Struggle 20 Latinas/os and the Elusive Quest for Equal Education 217 Sonia Nieto 21 The Moral Monster: Hispanics Recasting Honor and Respectability Behind Bars 229 Patricia Fernández-Kelly 22 A Rebellious Philosophy Born in East LA 240 Gerald P. López 23 Latinas/os at the Threshold of the Information Age: Telecommunications Challenges and Opportunities 251 Jorge Reina Schement 24 Conceptualizing the Latina Experience in Care Work 264 Mary Romero 25 Surviving AIDS in an Uneven World: Latina/o Studies for a Brown Epidemic 276 Carlos Ulises Decena 26 Post-Movimiento: The Contemporary (Re)Generation of Chicana(o) Art 289 Tomás Ybarra-Frausto 27 “God Bless the Law, He Is White”: Legal, Local, and International Politics of Latina/o and Black Desegregation Cases in Post-World War II California and Texas 297 Neil Foley Part V Mestizaje: Revisiting Race 28 Latinas/os and the Mestizo Racial Heritage of Mexican Americans 313 Martha Menchaca 29 Looking at that Middle Ground: Racial Mixing as Panacea? 325 Miriam Jiménez Román 30 Color Matters: Latina/o Racial Identities and Life Chances 337 Ginetta E. B. Candelario 31 Between Blackness and Latinidad in the Hip Hop Zone 351 Raquel Z. Rivera 32 Afro-Latinas/os and the Racial Wall 363 Silvio Torres-Saillant 33 The (W)rite to Remember: Indígena as Scribe 2004–5 (an excerpt) 376 Cherríe Moraga Part VI Identidades: Producing Subjectivities 34 “How I Learned To Love Salseros When My Hair Was A Mess” by Edwin Torres: A Comment 393 Edwin Torres 35 Reflections on Thirty Years of Critical Practice in Chicana/o Cultural Studies 397 Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano 36 Social Aesthetics and the Transnational Imaginary 406 Ramón Saldívar 37 The Taíno Identity Movement Among Caribbean Latinas/os in the United States 417 Gabriel Haslip-Viera 38 Looking Good 427 Frances Negrón-Muntaner 39 “Chico, what does it feel like to be a problem?” The Transmission of Brownness 441 José Esteban Muñoz 40 “Fantasy Heritage”: Tracking Latina Bloodlines 452 Rosa Linda Fregoso Part VII En El Mundo: Transnational Connections 41 Latinas/os and Latin America: Topics, Destinies, Disciplines 461 Román de la Campa 42 Latinas/os and the (Re)racializing of US Society and Politics 469 Suzanne Oboler 43 Refugees or Economic Immigrants? Immigration from Latin America and the Politics of US Refugee Policy 480 María Cristina García 44 Inter-American Ethnography: Tracking Salvadoran Transnationality at the Borders of Latina/o and Latin American Studies 492 Elana Zilberg 45 From the Borderlands to the Transnational? Critiquing Empire in the Twenty-First Century 502 María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo Index 513
"[The] present volume provides researchers and academics with detailed information on a wide range of issues. It offers material for study both to the growing numbers in the academic community undertaking research on Latin American affairs as well as for sociologists in general.... The information to be gleaned from this volume will more than repay the price of £95." (Reference Reviews, April 2009) "An amazing collection of original essays that displays the maturity, complexity, and diversity of Latina/o Studies today. Creative, bold, and provocative, these writings mark the transformation of the field into the hands of a new generation of interdisciplinary scholars." George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California
Juan Flores is currently Professor of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. For many years he has taught Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) and in the Sociology Program at CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Divided Borders, La venganza de Cortijo, From Bomba to Hip-Hop, and Poetry in East Germany, and co-editor of On Edge: The Crisis of Contemporary Latin American Culture. Among his other publications are the translations of Memoirs of Bernardo Vega and Cortijo’s Wake/El entierro de Cortijo by Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. A Chicano scholar, Renato Rosaldo is Lucy Stern Professor Emeritus at Stanford where he taught for many years, and he now teaches at NYU where he was founding Director of the Latino Studies Program. His books include Ilongot Headhunting, 1883–1974 and Culture and Truth. A collection of his essays, Renato Rosaldo: Ensayos en antropología crítica, was recently published in Mexico. He has edited a collection, Cultural Citizenship in Island Southeast Asia, and also co-edited collections, The Incas and the Aztecs, 1400–1800, Creativity/Anthropology, and The Anthropology of Globalization: A Reader. Written in English and Spanish, his first collection of poetry, Prayer to Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña, won an American Book Award, 2004. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A Companion to Latina/o Studies is a collection of 45 original essays written by leading scholars in the Latina/o studies field. These writers explore themes spanning great depths of creative scholarship, and the essays cover everything from theories of latinismo, immigration, education, language and religion; to discussions on political and economic perspectives, and race, class, gender, and sexuality. The volume also explores broader questions encompassing history, identity, public representations, and cultural expression within the Latino community. The racialization of African and Native American heritages is examined as well. The Companion provides thoughtful insights into what is now undeniably the largest minority in the United States, and is an essential resource for all scholars in the growing field of Latina/o Studies.
"An amazing collection of original essays that displays the maturity, complexity, and diversity of Latina/o Studies today. Creative, bold, and provocative, these writings mark the transformation of the field into the hands of a new generation of interdisciplinary scholars." George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California